And Time Stops here on the Delta…While they Dance

With all the rain in the recent weeks, the grass is greener than I’ve ever seen it in many, many years. The leaves are off all the trees and Luke and I saw several flocks of geese flying south for the season. We’ve also seen the return of the huge flocks of starlings. It is cold enough to snow, but still doesn’t completely feel like Christmas – we need a little snow! You could tell there was a full moon this week, as Ann and I exchanged stories of some of the nutty stuff that went on at our offices. It included a huge harvest moon on Friday night / Saturday morning that really lit up the clear sky. On Monday it rained all day and there were flood warnings all over the area. Luke had basketball practice and I walked the track for an hour. Matt had wrestling practice and Abby went to tap practice. It rained all day again on Tuesday and got colder and colder as the day went on. Abby had her long day as she went in early to school for academic team practice, stayed after school to attend drama club and tried out for a part in the school play (she said she bombed because she forgot a line…), and then had jazz dance class later that night. Matt had wrestling practice and is doing very well with his weight. We had to scrape frost from the car windows and frost covered the grass on Wednesday morning. Due to not being prepared for a test in literature, Matt attended what is referred to locally as Wednesday school, which is essentially detention served after school. He spent two hours studying for the next test with the same teacher. Hopefully this will wake him up and pull him out of his apathetic approach towards his grades. It really felt like winter on Thursday, as we started the day off in the teens. Abby had academic team again in the morning. Ann and I left work and went straight to North Vernon where Matt and the Pirate varsity wrestling team faced off against the Jennings County Panthers. The Panthers have an excellent program that gives Greensburg something to aim for during their rebuilding years. Their team looked good, was serious, disciplined and were obviously well coached. Their team was tough from top to bottom. The Pirates didn’t stand a chance. Even though the young grapplers didn’t give up and showed a lot of heart, they were nonetheless shut out 71-0. It was a disheartening loss that left everyone speechless. Matt’s guy was the toughest he had faced all year and will likely face the rest of the year. His name is Bass and he is currently ranked #4 in the state at 220 lbs. He was the same stud that put up nearly 3K yards for the season as running back, going for 250 against us in the fall. He is a stud that is destined for better things at the next level. Matt was simply out-classed in this match-up. It was a learning experience and he took his lumps with a good attitude. I give him credit for even stepping on the mat with that specimen – and he didn’t back down but went right at him. He didn’t get out of the 1st period and was holding his own until he was head-butted and given a slight concussion (he told us later that he saw little white stars everywhere for a moment). He was picked up, slammed on his head and stuck. I was still proud that he faced his fears and reminded him that in two years it will be him thumping the sophomores! There was a very nice write-up on Matt and the Pirates wrestling team in the Jennings County program – nicer than I’ve seen in the local newspaper. In fact, we still haven’t even seen an article about Matt’s last two wrestling tourneys! To make matters worse, the paper went from bad to worse when they stopped delivering a Monday paper – only putting out a paper 5 days a week…very sad. I’ve also included a few pictures of Matt at his football banquet last Sunday…

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It was bitter cold on Friday morning. We took Abby in to school early with her Science Fair board (yes, it’s that time again already). She went to the high school basketball game that night with her friend, Brooke, whose dad calls the games for WTRE and emcee’s the Dixon Dance Revue. We saw some snow flurries that afternoon, but nothing that even stuck to the ground. Matt and I were up early on Saturday morning to get him to the school to catch the bus to his wrestling tourney. I headed up in the dark, going back up north – this time just north of Muncie (Uncle John’s old stomping grounds) to Delta High School. The Delta Duals Wrestling Invitational was a six-way competition that featured Delta, Greensburg, Greenwood, Adams Central, Fort Wayne North Side and Jay County. Meanwhile, Ann stayed back in town with Bu for Luke’s basketball game at the YMCA. Luke and his Celtics faced off against the Honda-sponsored orange team. I have no stats for Luke’s game but Ann did get a couple pictures and Abby took some video that will make you sick to your stomach – but Luke told me he had two baskets. Ann told me he did a really great job of passing and getting his teammates involved. There is some video of his great defense – blocking and altering shots – but looks like he needs to work on his rebounding. He looked lost and sluggish. He couldn’t find his uniform, which we eventually figured out was left at Alex’s house last weekend. My guess was that he was a little gun shy at the game due to having no ass left – Ann admittedly chewed it off before the game as Luke was crying and carrying on about his shirt. Ann was so frustrated with him and was totally rattled by the time she got up to Matt’s tourney with the two little ones…

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Matt and the Pirates started off against Greenwood. The varsity team had been winless going in to today’s tourney. However, after the first match-up, they had captured that elusive 1st victory. Matt squared off against a six-footer that he had pinned in the 1st period to get the day started off right. Next up, they faced the host team, Delta. They very nearly pulled off their second victory of the season, ending up losing by only a couple handfuls of points. Matt again worked hard in his match, earning a victory over another large opponent by pin – this time in the 2nd period. The third match up saw the Pirates face off against Adams Central. Matt had a very tough opponent. Matt was hanging tough with him in a very close match when Matt got caught during an attempted take-down, put on his back and called for a pin…only he really wasn’t pinned! In a strange turn of events, the referee called a fall when Matt only had one shoulder on the matt. We’re not sure what the referee thought he saw, but both teams were caught off guard and the Greensburg parents were irate. I was speechless. I felt so bad for Matt, who was very upset. Again, to his credit, he kept his head and was very mature about it – more so than I would’ve been… Greensburg was dominated and may have been shutout again. In the fourth matchup, Greensburg faced Jay County. They had a very good team that again was a tough match up for the Pirates. Again, Matt pulled a very tough and mature opponent. This boy was huge. Matt actually did very well against him up until he made a mistake on a roll when the large young man put an illegal choke hold on him – their team was called for 3 illegal choke holds during the match up with Greensburg. Again, Matt was called for a pin that was questionable. He was battling off his back and had both shoulder blades down for an instance, but then rolled to his side – but too late, the ref called the pin. They did it all day long too – granted; I’m sure they were instructed to keep the action moving so as to not make it last too late, but this really hurt Matt. He was very disappointed in himself afterwards. He did get back up for his final matchup against Fort Wayne North Side. Matt was again out-sized but was relentless and tenacious. He was very aggressive and pinned his opponent in the 1st round again. Matt ended the day with his varsity record at 10-9 and his overall record at 15-9. The boys were all out early that night and took it easy on Sunday. We did our normal weekly chores. Abby went to the movies with her friend Brooke and later helped Ann to make Chex Mix!! Ann also surprised us with cannoli pie. We were glad to see that the NBA will finally be playing here in a couple weeks and were horrified at the Xavier-Cincinnati brew ha-ha. IU won a big one over #1 Kentucky and Purdue basketball is off to a great start at 7-2 and will face Butler in their next game, on Saturday. Matt and I looked forward to the Cowboy’s game on Sunday Night Football. It was an exciting game that went back and forth several times and came down right to the end. As it ended up, Dallas lost a heartbreaker on a last second field goal that was blocked…dammit.

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Here are this week’s movies, including 3 new family videos from this week. Clips include another video I found of Luke and Alex wrestling last weekend, Matt’s match at North Vernon vs. the #4 wrestler in the state at 220 lbs, Luke’s basketball game at the Y vs. the orange Honda team and Matt’s action at the Delta Duals. Remember that if you are viewing this blog entry via a feed like Facebook, you will not see this video section. To see the videos as well as the blog in the format it was intended, go to our homepage at www.scheumann.us and click on the blog link. Also included below are several from around the internet this week:

Next up, let’s move on to the Waybac feature. Again this week, we feature some of the best pictures we’ve ever posted in this section. Leading off this time we have another version of the picture we featured last week of my Grandmaw, Connie Morgan-Brown. This picture shows a young Connie at six months of age. I also included a scan of the back of the picture. It has a sweet little note from my Great Grandma Morgan, which places this picture in November of 1925. Next is a classic picture of my mother – this photo was on display in Grandmaw & Grandpaw’s house for as far back as I can remember. I have included the back where Mom did a good job of describing herself in what I believe is 1967. That is followed by some more of the great batch of pictures from Dad & Barb of Mom & Dad Scheu’s wedding in April of ’68. This batch features Mom & Dad S but also Dad B, Grandmaw & Grandpaw Brown, Granny & Grandpa Scheu, Aunt Mary, Aunt Sally, Uncle John and Aunt June, “Aunts” Brenda & Cathy Spoor, Cousin Kathy Scheu and Vicky Albrights. I still can’t get over the high quality of film and the vibrant colors in these photos. Mom, I know the reception photos are at the Knights of Columbus, but what church did you guys get married in?

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We next move to the seventies. Leading off is a funny picture of Luke – I mean me – with what appears to be my conductor uniform – the resemblance is kind of scary, huh? Thank God Mom didn’t make me wear a hat with that suit! Looks like this was when I wrecked my big wheel in the summer of ’73 at five years old. Next we have a couple crops of me opening presents on my 8th birthday in ‘76 in Lafayette. We next move to Christmas of ’76 in our living room on Shortridge St w/ Grandmaw & Grandpaw Brown and Aunt Lou Atha. Also included is a picture I promised to my lovely wife, Ann. This one’s for you and your Fonzi-moves on the car dash board earlier this week. I told you I’d put something special in just for you this week…enjoy! 😉 LOL! Those are followed by more pictures of Vird and Belinda’s wedding in August of ’77 – including Dad B, Grandma Mary Bryan and Belinda with her father or Captain Stuebing of the Love Boat. Funny story – I wrote to several TV stars in the 70s, including the cast of the Love Boat. They sent me an autographed picture that I’ll have to find and post here at some point. Ha! Maybe I’ll put it side to side with this picture to see how close they resemble each other! And we wrap up the decade with another batch of photos of Mom & Dad B’s honeymoon cruise in ’78.

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Our last section has some great photos, Rob & I opening birthday presents in 1981, up in LaPorte. Rob, did you notice the trees out the window? You probably don’t remember us having a couple trees out in front of that house, do you? Next we head south to Lafayette to Elmwood Ave. to celebrate Thanksgiving in 1981 at Grandmaw & Grandpaw Brown’s house. This would turn out to be the last one we spent with Great Grandpa Morgan and we have some photos of that event, including a couple with a lady I should know but cannot place her name. I know Mom will know who she is. Rob looks awfully cute in his plaid jacket! There is a good one of Rob & I with our grandparents, out in their front yard with Arni’s in the background. We wrap up this entry with school pictures – Mindy and then Missy’s senior pictures in about ’86 and Rob’s sixth grade picture from Riley when he was twelve years old. Nice Bulls sweatshirt, buddy! You were a huge Bulls fan back in ’91 as everyone from up north was at that time…Michael Jordan was the absolute bomb!

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And that puts a kibosh on this week’s episode of the Scheu Family Blog. As always, thanks for keeping up with us this week out and we’ll catch you up again next week. Until then have a good one.
Later, Scheu

1 comment to And Time Stops here on the Delta…While they Dance

  • Mom

    Nice videos especially Matt’s matches. Loved the photographers comments during Luke’s game….”can I quit now?” Good gosh those were some big boys that Matt wrestled and I thought he held his own pretty darn good!! Loved the pic of my bridesmaids and little girls from the wedding. Of course Brenda was my matron of honor, Vicki Albregts and Sally were attendents and Mary Scheumann and little Vicky Funkhouser were the little ones. Love seeing them this young!!The lady with Great Grandpa Morgan and little Rob is Great Grandpa’s sister Aunt Louise. She was married to Don Morris and they had 2 children…a girl and a boy and they lived in Phoenix, Arizona. She passed away several years ago. Also the one of Dad Bryan at your dad and my wedding (confusing huh???) I see also a friend of ours, Dave DeYoung in the background next to Dad B. Wonder where these people are now??? Thanks again sweetheart and maybe on Christmas morning we can MSN Messenger??? XXXOOO’s P.S. The filets were delicious!!!!

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